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Leadership:
House of Delegates

The House of Delegates is the supreme legislative body of the Association and is responsible for electing officers and determining policies, initiatives, and directives.

Who makes up the House of Delegates? 

  • 132 delegates, two from each ASDA chapter (voting members)
  • The Board of Trustees
  • The Speaker of the House
  • The Secretary of the House (the executive director)
  • Council Chairs
  • Invited guests

When does the House meet?
The House meets once a year at Annual Session to discuss and debate resolutions and determine initiatives. The business of the House, as scheduled by the speaker, must be comprehensible, concise and efficient. To keep things running smoothly, parliamentary procedures and the Standing Rules of the House of Delegates are used.

The Speaker of the House directs the room on procedure 

The Speaker of the House of Delegates guides the room through parliamentary procedure.

What is the election process?
On the first day the House meets, executive committee and speaker candidates address the House and present their platforms. Voting takes place on the last day of House meetings. Balloting takes place throughout the day and the president, two vice presidents and speaker are announced by the close of the meeting.

What are resolutions?
A resolution is a formal request or action that is presented to the House of Delegates for consideration. Delegates present discussion for or against a specific resolution, then the House votes to determine the outcome.

A resolution is the appropriate course of action if you need to:

  • Identify a problem or need for action
  • Address a relevant or timely issue
  • Update or amend existing policy

For resources on how to submit a resolution, click here.

ASDA is geared to respond to the concerns of its members at the local, regional and national levels. First and Second delegates at each dental school chapter serve as voting members in ASDA’s House of Delegates. Their role is to voice concerns of their constituents to the House of Delegates for action in the form of resolutions.

Non-voting members can participate by attending the House of Delegates meeting and sitting with guests and alternate delegates.

Resources

The following links provide you with resources related to the House of Delegates. If you need further assistance, feel free to contact Speaker of the House Matthew Bridges at speaker@asdanet.org. Resolutions must be submitted in electronic format to resolutions@asdanet.org.

 

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